At the end of October 2016 a service of Thanksgiving was held to mark the 30th anniversary of the sending of missionaries from the RPCI to France. All who have been involved in this work over the years can testify to the goodness and faithfulness of our heavenly Father. We can look back and say: The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. And while it is always useful to look back and assess the past 30 years, it is also of the utmost importance that we look forward and that we have a vision of what lies ahead, of where we see the work going in the next 30 years if the Lord so wills.
An important part of vision is seeing what opportunities there are to be partners in the work. Perhaps as you read this article you are thinking that there isn’t much you can do, or perhaps you are aware of God putting a desire in your heart to be more actively involved in the advance of the Kingdom in France. Whatever you’re thinking, I trust that the next few minutes of reading this article will help you find your place in our joint mission to reach France with the Gospel.
Doubtless the most important way in which anyone can be involved Gospel work in France is through prayer yet this is perhaps the most difficult aspect of our task. As a team, we send out monthly prayer points which provide up-to-date information for those committed to praying. The Lytles also send out a quarterly newsletter. Yet it isn’t easy to keep praying over years for people and events of which one has no first-hand experience, so be encouraged to keep going or perhaps to start in this most vital and often unseen work. Without it, we can do nothing!
For now we also continue to depend on the financial support of the wider church. Here in our fellowship in Nantes we have been encouraged to see regular givings increase but without the gracious giving of others around the globe, we could not continue in our work. Though perhaps you may not be in a position to ‘GO!’ yourself, you can be a sender and your giving to RP Missions is one way in which you can obey the Great Commission. It goes without saying that we are most thankful for the generosity of God’s people as they have given over 30 years.
Andrew Lytle, RPCI Missionary to Nantes